Sticking around: Larry Fitzgerald will play for the Cardinals next season

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It's official: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is coming back to play in his 15 National Football League season.

Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks told the Doug & Wolf Show on 98.7 FM that Fitzgerald informed him he will return to the team next season. He needs 390 yards and 92 catches to move into number two all-time, right behind Jerry Rice. Fitzgerald, who will turn 35 in August 31, will make $11 million in base salary this season, the final year of his contract extension. At the time, he would not commit to playing, and once Bruce Arians retired, it made sense for him to wait to see what the new coaching staff would look like.

Fitzgerald came to Arizona in the 2004 NFL Draft as the third overall pick out of the University of Pittsburgh.

"I'm extremely excited", Wilks said, via the team website.

This will be Fitzgerald's 15th season. That's a challenge for a receiver who will be 35 before the season kicks off.

He finished 2017 third on both career lists with 15,545 yards and 1,234 receptions.

Fitzgerald averaged 12.9 FanDuel points per game this season, with 109 receptions for 1,156 yards and 6 touchdowns on 161 targets. He has three straight seasons and five in his career with more than 100 catches. Fitzgerald caught 30 passes for 546 yards and seven touchdowns in Arizona's improbable march to Super Bowl XLIII. If Fitzgerald were to play in all 16 games in 2018, he would tie kicker Jim Bakken with the most games played in franchise history at 234.

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